Guidance Documents

Guidance Documents

Component Document Issued Posted ID Topic Overview
Civil Rights Division, Civil Rights - Voting Section May 19, 2022 December 20, 2022 DOJ-2041741 Civil Rights

This document is designed to help citizens to understand how the state-by-state rules about voting after a criminal conviction could apply to them.

Civil Rights Division, Civil Rights - Disability Rights Section May 12, 2022 August 1, 2022 DOJ-1989501 Civil Rights

A guidance document that provides a broad overview of how employers’ use of artificial intelligence, algorithms, and other technologies in hiring and employment may result in unlawful discrimination against people with disabilities under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Civil Rights Division, Civil Rights - Disability Rights Section April 5, 2022 August 1, 2022 DOJ-1989446 Civil Rights

This guidance document addresses how the Americans with Disabilities Act protects people with opioid use disorder (OUD) who are in treatment or recovery, including those who take medication to treat their OUD.

Civil Rights Division, Civil Rights - Federal Coordination and Compliance Section March 31, 2022 December 20, 2022 DOJ-2041766 Civil Rights

The is a letter to all state attorneys general reminding them of legal provisions that protect transgender youth against discrimination, including when those youth seek gender-affirming care. The letter advises states that laws and policies that prevent individuals from receiving gender-affirming medical care may infringe on federal constitutional protections under the Equal Protection Clause and Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. 

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) March 22, 2022 March 25, 2022 DOJ-1980806 Firearms

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recently examined devices commonly known as “forced reset triggers” (FRTs) and has determined that some of them are “firearms” and “machineguns” as defined in the National Firearms Act (NFA), and “machineguns” as defined in the Gun Control Act (GCA).

Civil Rights Division, Civil Rights - Disability Rights Section March 18, 2022 August 1, 2022 DOJ-1989491 Civil Rights

This guidance describes how state and local governments and businesses open to the public can make sure that their websites are accessible to people with disabilities as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Diversion Control Program (DEA) March 1, 2022 March 1, 2022 DEA-DC-54 General

This manual was prepared by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Diversion Control Division, to assist those persons who handle scheduled listed chemical products and List I and II chemicals in understanding the Federal Controlled Substances Act and its implementing regulations as they pertain to regulated chemicals.

Civil Rights Division, Civil Rights - Housing and Civil Enforcement Section February 22, 2022 December 20, 2022 DOJ-2041771 Civil Rights

This document is an interagency statement (with HUD, CFPB, and FHFA) regarding special purpose credit programs (SPCP) under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), and its implementing regulation, Regulation B. The statement reminds creditors of their ability to establish SPCPs to better meet the needs of underserved communities. The statement also calls attention to recent HUD guidance on SPCPs.

Civil Rights Division, Civil Rights - Disability Rights Section February 15, 2022 December 20, 2022 DOJ-2041596 Civil Rights

This guidance document addresses how election officials can ensure that ballot drop boxes are accessible to voters with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Civil Rights Division January 20, 2022 January 20, 2022 DOJ-1914181 Civil Rights

This document is an updated summary report on the legal and evidentiary frameworks that justify the continued use of race or sex, in appropriate circumstances, by federal agencies to remedy the current and lingering effects of discrimination in federal contracting programs. Read the Federal Register notice.

Civil Rights Division, Civil Rights - Disability Rights Section January 4, 2022 August 1, 2022 DOJ-1989476 Civil Rights

This Q&A addresses the intersection of heath care entities’ COVID-19 era “visitor” policies and their intersection with the entities’ existing ADA obligations. 

Civil Rights Division, Civil Rights - Disability Rights Section January 4, 2022 August 1, 2022 DOJ-1989486 Civil Rights

This Q&A addresses the Americans with Disabilities Act’s application to the many outdoor restaurants and retail spaces established due to COVID-19.   

Civil Rights Division, Civil Rights - Housing and Civil Enforcement Section December 20, 2021 December 20, 2022 DOJ-2041666 Civil Rights, Servicemembers Initiative

This document (isused jointly with CFPB) consists of two different letters.  One letter was sent to landlords and other housing providers regarding housing protections for military tenants under the SCRA. A second letter was sent to mortgage servicers regarding protections military borrowers under the SCRA, and under the CARES Act for those who have already exited or will be exiting COVID-19 mortgage forbearance programs.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) October 21, 2021 October 29, 2021 DOJ-1980811 Alcohol & Tobacco

The purpose of this letter is to provide all federal explosives licensees and permittees guidance on the safe storage of explosive materials. Electronic nicotine delivery systems, or other similar devices, are electronic devices that, through an aerosolized solution, deliver nicotine, flavor, and/or other substances (including non-tobacco products) to the user inhaling from the device.

Civil Rights Division, Civil Rights - Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights - Educational Opportunities Section October 13, 2021 September 8, 2022 DOJ-2004186 Civil Rights

This fact sheet, issued jointly with the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Education, provides information about federal civil rights laws that protect students with mental health disabilities at risk of self-harm in the era of COVID-19. 

U.S. Trustee Program October 5, 2021 October 5, 2021 UST-1878776 Credit Counseling & Debtor Education (Bankruptcy)

Email to credit counseling agencies and debtor education providers concerning Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) October 5, 2021 October 5, 2021 DOJ-2040781 Explosives

What's in this Issue?: New Assistant Director and Deputy Assistant Director, Enforcement Programs and Services; FEID Personnel Changes, Updated Form for Explosives Theft or Loss; Articles Pyrotechnic Exemption; Overview of IMESAFR; Reporting Employee Possessors; and more.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) October 1, 2021 October 5, 2021 DOJ-1981046 Explosives

What's in this Issue?: New Assistant Director and Deputy Assistant Director, Enforcement Programs and Services; FEID Personnel Changes, Updated Form for Explosives Theft or Loss; Articles Pyrotechnic Exemption; and more.

U.S. Trustee Program September 28, 2021 September 28, 2021 UST-1875836 Credit Counseling & Debtor Education (Bankruptcy)

Template letter explaining process and documentation requested for remote quality of service reviews of approved credit counseling agencies

Antitrust Division September 14, 2021 September 14, 2021 ATR-1884361 Antitrust, Disaster Fraud

The guidance is intended to help businesses understand how they can work together to rebuild affected communities without violating the antitrust laws.

Civil Rights Division, Civil Rights - Voting Section September 1, 2021 December 20, 2022 DOJ-2041706 Civil Rights

This document discusses how the department will conduct its review of these redistricting plans and methods of electing governmental bodies to evaluate compliance with Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The guidance document also describes how the department applies well-established case law while investigating and bringing enforcement actions under Section 2.

Civil Rights Division, Civil Rights - Educational Opportunities Section August 19, 2021 December 20, 2022 DOJ-2041746 Civil Rights

This document (issued jointly with ED-OCR) is an updated resource for families and educators on confronting discrimination based on national origin and immigration status. It recognizes that children sometimes face barriers to enrolling or participating in school because of limited English proficiency or because they or their parents or guardians are not U.S. citizens or lack immigration documentation.

Civil Rights Division, Civil Rights - Voting Section July 28, 2021 December 20, 2022 DOJ-2041681 Civil Rights

This document provides guidance regarding federal statutes the Department enforces related to voting by mail, absentee voting, and voting in person.

Civil Rights Division, Civil Rights - Voting Section July 28, 2021 December 20, 2022 DOJ-2041696 Civil Rights

This document provides information on the requirements federal law imposes on state and local governments and election officials to preserve and retain election records and the criminal penalties associated with the willful failure to comply with those requirements. This guidance document also details the statutes that prohibit the intimidation of voters and the department’s commitment to act if any person engages in actions that violate the law.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) July 26, 2021 July 30, 2021 DOJ-1980831 Firearms

The purpose of this letter is to provide guidance on your obligations as a federal firearms licensee (FFL) in Colorado. The following guidance is intended to assist you in accomplishing this goal.

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